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Raw juice cleanse experience & Calming Smoothie recipe

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Raw juice cleanse experience & Calming Smoothie recipe

[caption id="attachment_2892" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Delivered to my door! An entire day's worth of raw juices, an elixir and tea for my detox. Delivered to my door! An entire day's worth of raw juices, an elixir and tea for my cleanse from Belmonte Raw.[/caption] About once a year I like to do a detox, which started back in 2007. (I documented my maiden voyage here on ELLECanada.com). Don't get me wrong - I am neither rail-thin nor a nutritional saint. But what I find a detox does is neutralize cravings and reconnect me with the foods going into my mouth. "Pulling in the reigns of a runaway horse" is how I like to put it. Detoxes take planning (recipes, groceries, packing lunches, etc.), but this year I was feeling lazy. So I took some birthday money (thanks, Mom!) and invested in a pre-packaged, delivered-to-your-door 1-day raw juice cleanse from Belmonte Raw in Toronto. How does a raw juice cleanse work? Belmonte Raw founder and raw food guru Carol Belmonte made it ridiculously easy. She had all the food I needed delivered to my door at 5:30 a.m. - 6 juices, tea, and a chlorophyll "elixir" -  plus instructions, encouraging words, post-detox information, and a handy schedule I put into my phone: alarm-time How did you feel? Were you STARVING? It's amazing what happens when you eat a little bit every hour, as health experts are always telling us to do. I was never hungry. I felt light, focused, and very calm and it was a regular, long, hairy day at the office. And a miracle happened: I haven't had coffee since the cleanse. It's been over a month, and this was not on my list of intentions at all. I've been guzzling coffee and riding the caffeine buzz since I was 16 and waiting tables. For some reason after this 24-hour raw juice cleanse, I haven't even wanted a coffee. It's a phenomenon I can't explain, but I love it! Calming Smoothie recipe from Carol Belmonte I asked Carol to share a recipe with our busy readers in mind, and she sent me this great smoothie recipe below:
*Green Calm* Here is a great recipe that I have used to help give me energy and to calm my nerves!! Ingredients 1-1/2 cup fresh coconut water (boxed if you cannot find it fresh) {to balance electrolytes} 1 cup of filtered water 1 large handful of spinach {to keep you grounded} 1/4 bunch of cilantro {to remove heavy metals} 1/4 cup of soaked hemp seeds {for protein} 1 drop of stevia {to bring sweetness} 2 drops of valerian {to calm my nerves} 1/4 vanilla pod 1 tablespoon of ground flax Preparation Put all ingredients, except the flax, in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.  Pour your smoothie in a large glass and garnish with ground flax.  Sit down, put your feet up and enjoy your green smoothie.
Obviously, I loved this juice cleanse experience so much I'm sharing it here on The Food Blog, and fully intend to do it again. Do you/would you do a detox, or do you think it's best to just eat well every day?  
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